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Homemade Valentine Gifts

Homemade Valentine Gift Ideas for More Fun and Sweetness...

I love looking at Valentine's Day from the perspective of my kids!

For them, Valentine's Day is an excuse to craft with hearts, to create something that tells their FAVORITE people they love them (and perhaps an opportunity to give and receive tasty gifts as well)! What could be better than that?

Whether you are about to celebrate your first Valentine's Day with your boyfriend or girlfriend, your 50th with your spouse, or you've got kids and you want to make it extra special for them, Valentine's Day is a Holiday worthy of your creativity.

I'm always curious about how Holidays came about... so here's a bit about the origin of Valentine's Day if you are curious as well.

To assist you in the very important task of getting creative this Valentine's Day... I've provided a few homemade Valentine gift ideas below.

Then further down, you'll find some free and simple ways to show your love on Valentine's Day!

Valentine Countdown Time!

Kids love advent calendars and a Valentine version is a really fun way to make Valentine's Day extra special. If you are looking for a gift-worthy Valentine craft idea to keep you warm during the cold months between December and February, look no further!

While there are many ways to make a really cool Valentine countdown, I have included a very special free printable template to help you make your own from scratch.

Use the templates provided to create your own fun gift boxes that attach to your calendar and hold a small gift for each day leading to Valentine's Day.

Get the template and learn how to make a Valentine countdown calendar here.

Make a Candy Bouquet...

When flower bouquets, candy and creativity meet... you get a candy bouquet!

I love making my own candy bouquets for a variety of occasions but Valentine's Day may be the most perfect fit for this particular homemade gift idea!

This is a great project for adults as well as kids. There's lots of ways to get the kids involved in this one (they will love working with candy)... from allowing them to make the whole bouquet... to preparing the candy on sticks and having them make the arrangements... to simple having them decorate the vase or pot.

In addition to the Valentine's Day candy bouquet shown, you may also like these potted candy arrangements as well as these all around candy bouquet instructions.

Treats and Treat Boxes...

Homemade truffles inside origami boxes make adorable homemade Valentine Gifts!

If you make your own treats for homemade Valentine gifts such as truffles, fudge or cookies, you can use Valentine colored or Valentine patterned paper to make origami boxes for individual sized treats.

One box can enclose a homemade:

You may want to wrap each treat in parchment paper to help keep them fresh before you enclose them in the boxes.

...Or you could stuff your boxes with a few store-bought candies such as Hershey's kisses, jelly beans, conversation hearts, chocolate covered coffee beans for adults, etc.

Another easy option is to go to a gourmet chocolate shop or your local handmade chocolate shop and purchase a few fancy chocolates to include one per box.

For an extra special presentation, try making a clear lid (instructions here)!

You can make just one origami box per person or make several and stack them up for your own homemade Valentine gift treat tower...

To make your own treat tower (instructions here), make 3 - 4 different sized origami boxes and stack them to create a fancy treat tower like they sell in specialty gift shops.

Simple Kid's Gifts for Valentine's Day...

If you get tired of giving sweets or you can't for any reason, you could give homemade play dough in Valentine colors or wrapped in colored plastic wrap.

You could also attach one or more plastic wrapped red play dough balls and a heart shaped cookie cutter to a balloon to give for small homemade Valentine gifts.

You can make homemade Valentine gift treat bags full of things like:

These items are available at dollar stores, crafts stores and party supply stores... and also Amazon.

This year, I got these adorable "neon monkey" temporary tattoos for my daughter and friends.

Valentine's Day Cards...

Ever get tired of store bought Valentines? You can instead, make your own Valentine cards for family and especially for your kid's Valentine exchange at school.

You may think you don't have time for such a task... but here's how to make several easy homemade Valentines for in 10 minutes or less.

If you have a little time, you could also create these Valentine's Day Cards with Pockets to enclose candy, stickers, temporary tattoos, a charm or a hand written love note for someone special.

The original larger pouch card works too for enclosing more candy or a larger item.

Free Valentine's Day Ideas...

Homemade Valentine gifts are sweet to give and so are the following simple, free and easy things you can do to make the day special. There are ideas that lean toward romance for your partner and also things that you can do to sweeten the day for your children.

  • Make breakfast in bed for your loved one. A single rose in a vase adds a nice touch to breakfast in bed spreads.
  • Put a few Valentine sprinkles or candy hearts on your children's cereal, pancakes or oatmeal on Valentine's Day morning. Put a single Valentine heart candy with your favorite message on your partner's breakfast or lay several around the plate.
  • Make your partner's lunch and put a love note in their lunch bag... write it on paper or directly on their napkin. Try to make it a surprise.
  • Write a sweet or sexy message for your partner on the mirror or in the shower with kid's bath crayons.
  • Hide a note or notes in places you know he or she will see (underwear drawer, in the microwave, on the coffee maker, on the steering wheel, on his or her computer screen, in the shower, on his or her favorite coffee mug). Use paper to write a love note or write cute sayings on post-it notes like "you're sexy" or "hi hottie" or simply "I Love You Gorgeous/Sexy/Cutie..."
  • Write a message of love to each of your children or grandchildren on their lunch napkin and slip it in their lunch bag(s).
  • Give your friend or child a red or pink nail polish manicure or pedicure... buy tiny heart stickers or nail rub-ons and seal them on nails with clear coat.
  • Print out one of these free printable coupons and make gift certificates or love coupons...
  • Say I Love You to those you love.
  • Do something unusual, something you don't do often, that shows you care... depending on what you normally do, you could give your partner an oil massage, make their favorite dinner, rub his or her feet with lotion or oil, brush her hair, take a walk (holding hands)... make it something simple but that they really enjoy.
  • Clean your child's bedroom for them and place a few heart shaped trinkets or pillows around their room.
  • Clean your partner's car and leave a Valentine card on the steering wheel... make it a surprise if you can.
  • Arrange to have someone watch the kid's and go on a date... or stay home and spend time together without interruptions or distractions!

Homemade Valentine gifts can be wrapped up and tagged with these free printable heart tags.

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